BARNSTAPLE Colts never recovered from shipping two soft tries in the first 15 minutes as they slipped to a 17-7 defeat at Okehampton.

The coaches rang the changes, which must have had some effect as Barum ‘won’ the rest of the game 7-5.

Had a couple of decisions gone their way late in the game, including a try not given five minutes from time, the outcome may have been different.

There were good performances from Dalton Dumont, Lee Casinelli, Peter Keighley, Ben Ward and Alex Priest.

Michael Peek, playing out of position in the centre, gave a great defensive display and Laurence May had his best game for some time.

One of May’s runs sent him in under the Okes’ posts five minutes into the second half for Henry Meredith to convert.

Man of the Match was Matthew Phillips, who dominated the line-outs.

Danny Giblett stepped in at prop at the last minute and put in a good performance.